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Bellator 132 Preview

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bellator-132-event-poster Bellator is one of the world’s premier MMA organizations and Bellator 132 promises to be a premier event. Live on Spike from Temecula, California will air Bellators first event of 2015. Headlining the bout will be an absolute war for the featherweight title between Patricio “Pitbull” Freire and Daniel Straus. There are 3 other fights on the main card, including a bout with serious implications in the same featherweight division. This is MMA Latest News’ preview of Bellator 132.

WELTERWEIGHT
Marius Zaromskis (20-8, Siauliai, Lithuania) vs. Fernando Gonzalez (22-13, Menifee, CA)
The Main Card starts off with a battle in the welterweight division as “The Menifee Maniac” takes on “The Whitemare”. Both of these fighters are very experienced and have quality wins under their belt. Zaromskis has lost two out of his last three and is looking for a win to get back into the elite level of Bellator’s welterweight division. Gonzalez made his Bellator debut on July 25th 2014, he won that fight and has won another. He has never lost in the Bellator cage. Gonzalez is a very good all around fighter and will be taking on Zaromskis, who is a very good stand up fighter. Gonzalez is fighting in his home state and will be looking to rack up his third straight Bellator win and Zaromskis is looking to get back in the title picture in the welterweight division with this win. Should be a very interesting matchup.

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT
Houston Alexander (16-10, Omaha, NE) vs. Virgil Zwicker (12-4, Temecula, CA)
The scene: Bellator 129, October 17th 2014 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Alexander and Zwicker battled to a controversial draw in the Co-Main Event. Now they meet again in Zwicker’s hometown for Bellator 132 to prove who is the true winner once and for all. Alexander is nearly ten years Zwickers elder, but watching him fight, you wouldn’t be able to tell. He is an incredible wrestler and has heavy hands as well. Once two of the most popular light heavyweights in the world, this will be a very good matchup as the experienced Alexander, takes on the talented Zwicker.

CO-MAIN EVENT
FEATHERWEIGHT
Bubba Jenkins (8-1, Corona, CA) vs. Georgi Karakhanyan (23-4, Riverside, CA)
If Bellator’s top 2 fighters are fighting for the title in the Main Event then it is very possible that numbers 3 and 4 are fighting in the Co-Main. “The highlight kid” Jenkins is looking to put together some more highlights in what could potentially be a bout to determine who gets the next title shot. Jenkins was considered the hottest prospect in MMA until he lost to LaRue Burley at Bellator 100. This shocked the Bellator community, as Burley was a 2-0 no name at the time. Jenkins said that he was incredibly unprepared for that fight, however, and he has taken every fight seriously since then. He has won four in a row since the loss and looks prime for a title shot. Karakhanyan has been in the featherweight division’s elite for a long time. Prior to his last fight, a loss in the World Series of Fighting, he was on a nine fight win streak. He has fought Patricio Freire, who is fighting in the title fight later that night and is looking to get a shot at the winner. This bout has serious title implications and will be a very good preview of how exciting the Featherweight division is.

MAIN EVENT
FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT
Patricio Freire (22-2, Rio Grande Do Norte, Brazil) vs. Daniel Straus (22-5, Cincinnati, OH)
In the Main Event of the evening there is fight for the featherweight title between the Champion Patricio Freire and the challenger Daniel Straus. This will determine who is the best featherweight in Bellator and will be an incredibly exciting fight. At Bellator 45, Freire defeated Straus via Unanimous Decision in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Now the time has come for them to meet again. Freire has never been finished in his MMA career and is on a five fight win streak, including a 5 round Unanimous Decision victory to claim the belt over Pat Curran at Bellator 123 in September. This will be his first title defense. Straus won 7 of 8 after the loss to Freire in order to get his title shot. In his first shot at the title he lost via Decision to Pat Curran. It will be interesting to see where this fight goes. Straus claimed leading up to the fight that he would be able to “walk through” Freire. It will be a very exciting end to a very exciting card.

 

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Exclusive: Derek Brunson: “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up”

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Derek Brunson fought Anderson Silva back in February of this year, at UFC 208. Brunson would go on to lose the fight by controversial unanimous decision. However, the controversies didn’t stop at the questionable decision, Brunson also claims Silva was greasing during the fight. The Wilmington, North Carolina native, posted about it on Twitter a few days ago:

Speaking with MMA Latest, Brunson explained why he believes Silva was greasing during the fight. “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up. Every time I grabbed him he was just slipping out of everything, and his takedown defense was really good that night. I was definitely curious to know why he was very slippery, which I definitely think he had some kind of substance on his body. He knows I’m a wrestler obviously, he’s an old, savvy veteran, so he was definitely trying to play all the rules and be very strategic, and make it harder for a wrestler to grab him.”

Brunson is set to face Lyoto Machida come October 28, when asked about whether he was worried about Machida greasing, considering Gegard Mousasi accused him of doing so in their fight, Brunson admitted he wasn’t too worried.

Well I’m not too worried, but like I said, I put it out there because I know they’re friends and I know, obviously, that’s kind of what the guys do when they know they’re fighting a wrestler. They want to lube their body up really good to make it hard to grab hold, Anderson did a great job defending my takedowns. It’s because he was all greased up so he was able to stop a lot of them. When I grab guys in the clinch, it’s very tough for them to get away and I’m pretty good with my Greco takedown. He was pretty much pulling through my clinch when I had a tight grip on him and if you have some kind of substance on your body it’s easy to pull them.”

Neither Silva nor his management have commented on the greasing allegations. Anderson Silva makes his return against Kelvin Gastelum later this year, in China. While Brunson makes his return to the Octagon on October 28th, in Brazil, where he looks to add Lyoto Machida’s name to his impressive list of victories.

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Ovince Saint Preux Steps in to Face Corey Anderson at UFC 217

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UFC 217 just got even more interesting. Earlier this week, Patrick Cummins pulled out of his light heavyweight matchup with Corey Anderson due to a Staph infection. Corey “Overtime” Anderson was not happy with his opponents decision, even calling out his opponent on Instagram asking how Cummins could, “call it quits so far from fight night”.

The UFC left Anderson on the card, and he found an opponent through the magic of Twitter. Ovince Saint Preux tweeted out directly to Anderson stating:

It didn’t take long for Anderson to respond agreeing to the fight, tagging Mick Maynard and Dana White in his response.

Only a few short hours later, the fight announcement came from the official UFC twitter account.

 

This top 10 Light Heavyweight matchup should add to an already amazing card coming in November at Madison Square Garden. Saint Preux is coming off of back to back wins both due to the very rare von flue choke, he finds himself ranked #7th in the latest edition of the 205-pound rankings. Corey “Overtime” Anderson is 4-2 in his last 6 fights, but is coming off a brutal first round knockout loss to Jimi Manuwa in March.

With such a exciting fight added to this card, what do you see happening November 4th?  Will Corey Anderson bounce back and look to jump into the top 5 of the rankings, or will Ovince Saint Preux go for a third straight von flue choke? Let us know.

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*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results

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Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.

Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.

Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)

Main Card:

Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)

Preliminary Card:

Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)

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